“Insightful, well-written, challenging. Pintak is both a globe-trotting journalist and a distinguished scholar. He’s not afraid to challenge assumptions, group-think, and the powerful.”

Dan Rather, former anchor, The CBS Evening News

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Pakistan Claims Kashmir’s ‘Moral High Ground’ (Foreignpolicy.com)

KARACHI, Pakistan—“I feel like I am invisible,” the president of Kashmir told me a few months ago. “Wherever I go, no one wants to hear what I have to say.” On my frequent visits to the Pakistani capital over the last few years, I have often stopped in to see Sardar Masood Khan, whose official […]

Trump’s Raw Meat for the Islamophobes (The New Arab)

By Lawrence Pintak, Brian J. Bowe and Jonathan Albright When Donald Trump on Friday tweeted out-of-context clips from a speech by Ilhan Omar intercut with images of 9/11, it was part of a dangerous pattern of demonisation epitomised by his 2016 pronouncement, “Islam hates us.” It takes just a few minutes on the right social media string […]

Islamophobes Came for Americans on the Campaign Trail (Foreignpolicy.com)

“Think about it: Omar wears a hijab,” Fox News host Jeanine Pirro said on her show Saturday. “Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to sharia law, which in itself is antithetical to the United States Constitution?” That insidious piece of Islamophobic innuendo, referring to the head covering worn by Rep. Ilhan Omar […]

War Averted. What Now for Kashmir? (The New Arab)

We are back to crass, self-interested politics in South Asia. What a relief. After a week on the brink of war between two nuclear-armed nations, political backbiting seems almost entertaining. But the world cannot afford to go back to business-as-usual, ignoring the Kashmir issue that sparked this confrontation and three previous conflicts. The fact the two sides are back […]

New Delhi and Islamabad Don’t Want Fire and Fury (Foreignpolicy.com)

As hostilities between India and Pakistan escalate, leaders in both countries are very aware of the risks of a nuclear catastrophe. BY LAWRENCE PINTAK  | FEBRUARY 27, 2019, 5:04 PM   Pakistan reported on Wednesday that it had downed two Indian jet fighters and captured one of the pilots, whom it paraded before TV cameras. India claims […]

After Khashoggi’s death, Turkey sees a path to greater influence (Axios)

Oct. 17, 2018 — As Saudi Arabia went on the defensive last week about Jamal Khashoggi’s alleged murder, Ankara seized the chance to repair relations with Washington by releasing U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson. “We feel much different about Turkey today than we did yesterday,” President Trump told reporters on Saturday, expressing his hope of “having a very, […]

Trump has U.S. Poised on the Edge of a Mideast Abyss (The Daily Beast)

DUBAI—It was a hell of a week in the Middle East. It began with Saudi Arabia and its friends imposing the modern equivalent of a feudal siege on tiny Qatar. Next came an assault on the Iranian parliament and a suicide bombing at the Tehran tomb of the man whose followers pioneered the tactic, both […]

Nuclear Pakistan Sees The Saudi Game Against Qatar and Iran and Says, ‘No Thanks’ (The Daily Beast)

ISLAMABAD—The wheels are already coming off Donald Trump’s grand Muslim anti-terror coalition and there is a quiet sigh of relief here in the Pakistani capital. It all appeared so simple when viewed from the glittering palaces of Trump’s Riyadh summit. The U.S., Saudi Arabia and dozens of other Muslims nations versus Iran in a “battle […]

The Trump Administration’s Islamophobic Holy Grail (Foreignpolicy.com)

It is the holy grail of the anti-Islam lobby: the designation of the Muslim Brotherhood as a “foreign terrorist organization” (FTO) by the U.S. government. The move could mean open season on American Muslims, cripple U.S. policy in the Muslim world and have implications for American domestic politics. Officials in President Donald Trump’s administration are […]

An Idiot’s Guide to Islam in America (ForeignPolicy.com)

A memo to the president-election about the people he fears. “Islam hates us.” That was a recurring theme of your campaign, Mr. President-elect. And who can blame you? After all, your top advisors on Muslim affairs — Ann Coulter, Frank Gaffney, and Walid Phares — are card-carrying Islamophobes. Your incoming national security advisor, retired Army […]

I’ve Seen Hell and Know What’s Coming (The Daily Beast)

There is much to fear from the president-elect, and from ourselves. I’ve seen it in Africa; in the Middle East; in Southeast Asia; and in the Caucasus. Tear away the thin veneer of civilization and we become the Lord of the Flies. The bullying, the assaults, the crude graffiti, and vile social media posts of the […]

For Muslim Americans, Fear and Shock at a Trump Presidency (ForeignPolicy.com)

An imperiled minority fears that latent demons of intolerance and violence have been released into the wild. By Lawrence Pintak. American Muslims and Arab-Americans woke up Wednesday morning with shock, fear, and a determination to tackle head-on the bigotry that helped propel Donald Trump to the White House. “The U.S. we knew yesterday is no […]